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One of Kano City’s finest and the winner of Bezaleel Gospel Music Competition season 7 unveils an electrifying Reggea song she titles ‘My Case is Different’. Shalom Obosa in this sensational spirit filled song paints the picture of 1 Pet. 2:9 that describes our separation as a peculiar people by God to show forth His praise. The lyrics of this song not only depicts our exclusion from the harsh happenings around the world as God’s children but also tells of the many testimonies of how we are designed to live happily on earth in the light of God’s many promises to us.

Recorded at Just Beat Studios and produced by the multiple award winning record producer, Timi Toba, this song is sure going to bless you immensely as you listen to it over and over again.
Shalom reveals, “God’s mercies upon my life inspired me to write this song. His word in psalm 91 and also Malachi 4, has given me great courage to move on in the midst of the storm. 

Despite the storms, I’m still standing… God is still keeping me. Those chapters of the Bible gave me this faith that I am not permitted to fall when others fall because I’m God’s own and it has made me qualified to be  exempted from falling down at the instance of every challenge. I can’t begin to say all that God has done for me but I will just sum it up by saying God’s mercy is real and it’s never failing.  I hope this song of testimony encourages you to hold firm unto God. Your case shall be different all round no matter the challenge. God bless you.”


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Following the success of her last worship themed single, project fame season 5 diva, Adetoun Adekoya Oshodi popularly known asAdetoun warms up to quench the thirst of fans around the world for a new sound.

She dropped a track titled “Worship Medley” in February 2017 which undoubtedly shook the airwaves and is still blessing lives across the globe.

Adetoun is working on a new project titled “Omolope“. The audio and video will be officially out for free on the 10th of November 2017. Anticipate!

In preparation for this, she releases new photos  which are displayed below:

Check out “behind the scene” photos for the Omolope’s music video:

Credits:

Audio producer: Tee Y Mix
Video director: Lucas Reid
Photo credit: Olere Photography

Click HERE to download her still trending “Worship Medley


Talented and energetic Christian singer Brenda has released this brand new groovy tune titled ‘Amazing Grace’.

The song ‘Amazing Grace’ describes the Amazing love and grace that Christ shared for all to be saved.  His grace in our lives always makes Him brings us back to his bosom when we go astray and bless us when we don’t deserve it.

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Strong Link Found between Worship Attendance and Religious Giving

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The more frequently a household attends worship services, the more likely its members donate to religious institutions, and give generously, new research shows.

“Most strikingly, those attending religious services once a month or more make an average annual religious contribution of $1,848, while those attending religious services less than once a month donate $111,” says the report from Giving USA.

The report, released Tuesday (Oct. 24), draws on data from the University of Michigan’s Philanthropy Panel Study.

“Giving to religion,” as defined by the Chicago-based Giving USA Foundation, includes contributions to congregations, religious media, denominations and mission organizations. It does not include faith-related institutions such as the Salvation Army, the University of Notre Dame, global relief organization World Vision, Catholic hospitals or Jewish foundations.

Overall, giving to religious causes amounted to close to a third of all charitable giving in 2016, Giving USA says. Religious institutions received $122.94 billion that year, or 32 percent of charitable donations. That figure is more than double the amount received by educational institutions, the next highest sector within nonprofits, which garnered $59.77 billion.

David King, director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University, said it’s notable that religious giving has remained at about a third of charitable giving in recent years “despite trends that we’ve seen around declining religious affiliation and religious involvement.”

Researchers from the university found that almost one-tenth of households that never attend religious services give to religious institutions, but in far lower amounts — $67 annually on average.

Households that attend religious services every week or more are 28 times more likely to give to religious causes than those that never attend, researchers found.

“(Y)ounger generations do give to religion, and do so at a rate that is similar to earlier generations,” said Rick Dunham, a board member of Giving USA Foundation and president of a fundraising company that focuses on faith-based nonprofits. “It is reasonable to expect that as younger generations mature, they will be similarly engaged in charitable giving as older generations are.”

Among donors to religious causes that Giving USA tracks, Protestants give more to those causes ($2,809) than Jews ($2,291), Catholics ($1,372) or those of other affiliations ($1,979).

African-Americans give a greater percentage of their donations to religion than other groups – 74 percent, compared with 66 percent among Hispanics and 58 percent among whites.

Age is also viewed as a factor in giving. Among donors to religious causes, annual average giving reaches its peak between ages 40 and 64 ($2,505) – which is higher than donors under age 40 ($1,892), and those over 65 ($2,338).

Religious giving also increases with income as well as with educational attainment.

While 21 percent of heads of household without a high school degree gave to a religious institution, 49 percent with education beyond a bachelor’s degree gave to religious causes. Researchers attribute that change in part to connections between education and income.

 

Courtesy: Religion News Service


Pastor Says Millennials Have almost ‘Completely Lost the Knowledge of God’

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A Christian pastor recently said that the majority of millennials do not have a Christian worldview and society is “on the verge of having a generation that has completely lost the knowledge of God.”

According to TheBlaze.com, these remarks were made by Mike Sherrard, director of RC College Prep, a high school ministry of Ratio Christi, which is a campus apologetics group.

Speaking on “The Billy Hallowell Podcast,” Sherrard stated, “Seemingly, no young adult has a biblical worldview anymore. They don’t know who God is. Even fundamental things about salvation and heaven and hell and things that are in the category you might argue are Christianity. They have no understanding of these things.”

Sherrard continued, noting that there is much work to be done to bring these young people back to a foundational understanding of God.

“[T]here’s a lot of work to be done because we have so many young adults that do believe in God, but they have very little understanding why they even should believe in God or who this God even is, which makes them of course ripe for the attacks of the militant atheists when they go off to university that offers them one compelling reason why they should leave behind the fairytales of their childhood, and they’re ripe to be harvested in that regard.”

The ministry Sherrard leads, Ratio Christi, has as its mission exactly that: engaging young adults with the truth of the Gospel and showing them why a Christian worldview is important.

 

 

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Dodgers Star Pitcher Clayton Kershaw: ‘It’s Giving up My Life to God That Puts My Life in Control’

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The World Series matchup this year between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros has proven thus far to be a thrilling competition. Those who follow baseball may know the earned run averages, runs batted in, and a myriad of other stats about the players, but what we may not know about is the deeply-held faith of some of the men on the field.

One such person is Clayton Kershaw, the star pitcher for the Dodgers. At only 29, Kershaw has already had a highly acclaimed career in baseball. He is the youngest pitcher since 1985 to have won the Cy Young Award, and in 2011, he led the National League in victories, ERA, and strikeouts.

But as he explains in an “I am Second” video from 2012, he knows that life is about more than his career success.

He shares a helpful metaphor, comparing pitching to living life. With pitching, he says, rather than hyper-focusing on exactly where the ball needs to go and what you need to do, if you instead “have in the back of your mind where you’re supposed to throw it just say, ‘I’m going to throw it as hard as I can right at that glove’…it’ll be around there more often than not.”

“It’s almost the same in life,” he continues, “the more you try to grip control of your life, the more God’s going to untangle that from you. He’s going to make things go to where you have to rely on him.”

He says that when he was finally able to stop trying to control his own destiny, that was when he was drafted into the Major Leagues. “God was there the whole time. I just didn’t bother to look,” he says.

Even though Kershaw has gone on to be have such a successful career in baseball, he says it is really all about “the legacy you leave off the field. It’s about how many people can I affect through the platform He gave me.”

Kershaw and his wife are living out their faith by being involved in mission work in Africa. They have started to build an orphanage for children who need help and hope.

Whether it’s in Africa or on the pitching mound, Kershaw keeps things in focus. “The prayer I say before I go out there and pitch is not ‘God let me go out there and win today’ or ‘God help me pitch good,’ but ‘God just be with me.’”

“Whether it be pitching on a baseball mound or living my life outside the baseball field, it’s giving up my life to God that really puts my life in control,” he concludes.

The World Series between the Dodgers and the Astros is currently tied at one game apiece. The next contest is set for Friday, October 27, at 8 p.m. EST.

 

 

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In 1995, Thomas Cahill came out with the provocatively titled book How the Irish Saved Civilization. “Ireland,” contended Cahill,

“had one moment of unblemished glory… as the Roman Empire fell, as all through Europe matted, unwashed barbarians descended on the Roman cities, looting artifacts and burning books, the Irish, who were just learning to read and write, took up the great labor of copying all of Western literature.”

Then missionary-minded Irish monks brought what had been preserved on their isolated island back to the continent, refounding European civilization.

And that, Cahill concludes, is how the Irish saved civilization.

But there is more at hand in Cahill’s study than meets the eye. Beyond the loss of Latin literature and the development of the great national European literatures that an illiterate Europe would not have established, Cahill notes that something else would have perished in the West: “the habits of the mind that encourage thought.”

Why would this matter?

Cahill continues his assessment, “And when Islam began its medieval expansion, it would have encountered scant resistance to its plans—just scattered tribes of animists, ready for a new identity.” Without a robust mind to engage the onslaught – and a Christian one at that – the West would have been under the crescent instead of the cross.

Never before have the “habits of the mind” mattered more. As Winston Churchill presciently stated in his address to Harvard University in 1943, “The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” Oxford theologian Alister McGrath, reflecting on Churchill’s address, notes that Churchill’s point was that a great transition was taking place in Western culture, with immense implications for all who live in it. The powers of the new world would not be nation-states, as with empires past, but ideologies. It would now be ideas, not nations, that would captivate and conquer in the future. The starting point for the conquest of the world would now be the human mind.

But this time we may need more than the Irish to save us.

“We may talk of ‘conquering’ the world for Christ. But what sort of ‘conquest’ do we mean?” writes John Stott. “Not a victory by force of arms…This is a battle of ideas.” Yet there are surprisingly few warriors. Those who follow Christ have too often retreated into personal piety and good works or, as one BBC commentator I heard said, Christians have too often offered mere “feelings” and “philanthropy.” Speaking specifically to the challenge from Islam, he added that what is needed is more “hard thinking” applied to the issues of the day.

What remains to be seen is whether there will be any hard thinkers to do it. The peril of our day is that when a Christian mind is most needed, Christians express little need for the mind and, as a result, even less resolve to develop it. There is even a sense that an undeveloped mind is more virtuous than one prepared for battle. Richard Hofstadter, in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, identified “the evangelical spirit” as one of the prime sources of American anti-intellectualism. Hofstadter points out that for many Christians, humble ignorance is a far more noble human quality than a cultivated mind.

Such devaluation of the intellect is a recent development within the annals of Christian history. While Christians have long struggled with the role and place of reason, that the mind itself mattered has been without question.

Even the early church father Tertullian (c. A.D. 160- c. 220), who had little use for philosophy and was famed for his statement “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” never questioned the importance of the mind. Tertullian’s conviction was that Greek philosophy had little to offer in terms of informing the contours of Christian thought, akin to the apostle Paul’s quip to the Corinthian church that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men (I Corinthians 1:25). But Tertullian, as well as Paul, would have held any anti-intellectualism that celebrated an undeveloped mind in complete disdain.

Deep within the worldview of the biblical authors and equally within the minds of the earliest church fathers, was the understanding that to be fully human is to think. To this day we call ourselves a race of Homo sapiens, which means “thinking beings.” This is not simply a scientific classification; it is a spiritualone. We were made in God’s image, and one of the most precious and noble dynamics within that image is the ability to think. It is simply one of the most sacred reflections of the divine image we were created in. It is also foundational to our interaction with God. As God Himself implored through the prophet Isaiah, “Come now, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).

This was certainly the conviction of Jesus, who made it clear that our minds are integral to life lived in relationship with God. When summarizing human devotion to God as involving heart, soul and strength, Jesus added “and mind” to the original wording of Deuteronomy, as if He wanted there to be no doubt that when contemplating the comprehensive nature of commitment and relationship with God that our intellect would not be overlooked. The apostle Paul contended that our very transformation as Christians would be dependent on whether our minds were engaged in an ongoing process of renewal in light of Christ (Romans 12:2-3).

All the more reason to be stunned by the words of Harry Blamires, a student of C.S. Lewis’ at Oxford, who claimed that “there is no longer a Christian mind.” A Christian ethic, a Christian practice, a Christian spirituality, yes—but not a Christian mind. More recently, historian Mark Noll concurred, suggesting that the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind. “If evangelicals do not take seriously the larger world of the intellect, we say, in effect, that we want our minds to be shaped by the conventions of our modern universities and the assumptions of Madison Avenue, instead of by God and the servants of God.”

And even if we do not lose our own minds, we will certainly lose the minds of others. This is the double-edged threat of our day, apart from a Christian mind: Either we will be taken captive by the myriad of worldviews contending for our attention, or we will fail to make the Christian voice heard and considered above the din.

Either way, we either begin to think, or lose the fight.

 

Written by: Dr. James Emery White

 

Adapted from the introduction to James Emery White’s A Mind for God (InterVarsity Press), available here.